DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 03: Jordie Benn #58 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on January 3, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jordie Benn, who enjoyed a brief stay in the NHL with his brother, is headed back to Austin. With Sheldon Souray healthy and Philip Larsen not that far from returning, it was a matter of time before Jordie went back to the AHL.
The Dallas Stars announced today that Benn has been assigned to the Texas Stars, something that was expected after he was a healthy scratch last night. While there are some who feel that Benn deserved to stay over some other defensemen, the truth is that it's best for him to continue to get more minutes and more experience in Austin -- rather than being a healthy scratch most nights in Dallas.
The question now becomes what happens with Larsen once he's healthy, as the Stars can't keep eight defensemen on the roster right now. Larsen has played 19 games with Dallas and while he has just two points, he's been impressive for the most part and has certainly improved over the course of the season.